So, you want to start a Vlog but you don’t know much about the equipment you’ll need? Then chances are you are completely confused about the different lenses out there. Well, look no further! Below, we’ll guide you through some of the best lenses for vloggers currently available on the market. We’ll discuss which lens is right for the shot you want, and we’ll give you some examples that will meet your requirement.
After getting your first DSLR or mirrorless camera for your Vlog, your next step is to get your first decent lens.
Things to consider when buying a lens
Knowing your sensor size
Firstly you must understand the size of the sensors you wish to choose for your camera. It could be any of these three sensors: Full-frame, APS-C and a micro four third. The Full-frame sensors can only be found in more expensive models on the market. This is because full-frame gives you better image quality and it is the largest sensor of the three sensors. The micro four third is the smallest sensor among the three. You will find them mostly in several mirror fewer camera brands like Olympus and Panasonic (although they are less popular for Sony cameras.) Finally, there is the APS-C which is mostly found in DSLR cameras. Knowing your sensor size is an important step in choosing the right lens.
Select the perfect focal length
If your lens possesses 50mm of focal length it will be able to appear more zoomed in when used on a micro four third than it will be on an APS-C. Likewise, it will appear more zoomed in when used on an APS-C camera than on a Full-frame. It’s a good idea to first choose your ideal focal length, because it will tell you how much zoom your camera can reach. This largely depends on how you wish to use your camera.
Optical Image Stabilization
Having a lens with optical image stabilisation is really useful when vlogging. It is not always required in all situations. For instance, if you are recording from a fixed surface such as a tripod, but if you are recording with your camera in hand, you will need OIS. Lenses with this feature can be quite costly, but they can be worth the their price when vlogging!
Another thing we that we would recomend when vlogging is a camera with image stabilization. If you don’t use image stabilization, your footage may appear unsteady. Most cameras like DSLRs and mirrorless have this feature.
Know your f-Number and Aperture
This feature is very important, it looks like this; f/1.8, f/2.0, f/1.4. This is used to indicate the highest aperture the lens can reach. The greater the aperture, the more light will reach to the sensor; therefore a high level of lens aperture leads to better low light performance. More lens aperture also means there will be lower f-number. The cameras with the lowest f-number are costly, but if you can afford one, it’s a great investment in your vlogging career.
Do not get an incompatible lens
Before you purchase any lens, pay attention to your camera’s lens mount. This is important, even if the lens is of the same brand as the camera.
Now that you know what to look for in a camera lens, here are some of the best lenses out there:
Best Lenses for Vlogging
This is a high-quality Canon camera lens that makes your footage look amazing. This lens is similar in size to the standard kit lens and a bit lighter than the standard lens. It is a glass and plastic lens with a smooth mouth. The aperture of the lens is f/4.5 to f/5.6, which contributes to its small size. The lens is mostly mounted on an APS-C sensor camera. The lens is also a great fix for larger cameras.
⦁ its sharpness and contrast is good
⦁ the OIS allow you to video on the go effectively
Once you place your camera on the tripod remember to turn off the OIS.
This is a full frame camera lens that is compatible with APS-C sensor cameras. It has a focal length of 17mm, which as a wide angle of view. Users report getting a great image quality from this lens.
⦁ The materials of the lens are mainly metal
⦁ Presence of a whether seal that keeps moisture and dust from affecting the lens
⦁ Its optical quality is world renowned
⦁ It snap to focus is extremely quick, it feels like it’s always focused
⦁ The max aperture of f/4.0 remains constant throughout the zoom range
This lens is heavy and it is designed for APS-Cs sensors cameras. It has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. This lens speed is linked with the Canon camera OIS. When the image stabilization and the lens are combined, they become a valuable tool for capturing quality videos under poor light conditions. This is a 17mm with a close focusing ability. If you require speed, this is a great lens for you.
Vloggers love this lens, and you can see why! It’s great for taking still pictures. This lens does not possess OIS, and has a short minimum focus distance. But it produces a high-quality image.
- 10-22mm wide-angle zoom lens with f/3.5-4.5 maximum aperture for EOS digital SLR cameras
- Superior AF performance and speed, with full-time manual focus with the turn of a ring
- Close focusing to 9.5 inches; fills the frame with subjects as small as 3.6 x 5.4 inches
- Circular aperture design produces natural highlights
This was one of Casey Neistat’s first lenses and is of very high-quality gear. This is a wide-angle zoom lens that has a maximum aperture of F/4. This feature lets you take photos of sweeping landscape and striking images
This lens possesses optical image stabilization which will provide you the ability to take steady shots.
With all these features, this is this perfect camera for you as a Vlogger.
Casey Neistat uses his Panasonic GH5 camera with this lens. They go hand-in-hand since they’re from the same brand.
This lens possesses a focal length of 7-14mm or 14-28mm which is similar to a micro four-thirds camera. The image stabilization is inbuilt into the camera and it has a focus distance of 25cm which is perfect for a Vlogging camera.
These are just a few of the lens on the market, but it gives you a starting point for what you might want and need.